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On Comics

Posted by The Dandy Automaton , Jun 16 2012 · 96 views

Before I start, allow me to throw a moment of celebration, having finally updated The Best Kept Secrets after about two gosh darn months of inactivity. Good Lord, that was bad of me. Still, if you're interested, I implore you to check it out. If not, that's fine by me.

Now, as for the subject, I recently updated my status with a thought that had been going through my head. I decided this blog entry would go a little further into depth on the matter and probably end with a request from any skilled comic writers.

I've been doing some pondering lately. Mulling over a couple of ideas, mostly plans for short stories and epics. But I've had one certain thought popping up repeatedly lately that I've gradually grown fonder of, as an idea. And that's a comic. Y'know, I used to make comics, back in the day. A few years ago, when I was trying my hand at literally everything. On retrospect, they weren't good comics, but hey, I gave it a shot. But the thing is, the comics I create if I got around to it, would be nothing like the ones I used to rush out.

No, what I'm thinking of is something of a more melancholic atmosphere. Melancholy is one of my favourite emotions, and words as well, and when done right, can be amazing. It was done perfectly in NieR, Adrian Von Ziegler can compose some pretty melancholic music and the webcomic Pictures For Sad Children fit this to a 't'. I'm not sure if it still does, the latest comics have made me feel uncertain. But the one thing I don't have in common with all of these aforementioned sources of melancholia is experience. I don't think I've ever created anything melancholic before, so that's what I'd like to try. Whether I succeed or not is another matter but that's the whole point of learning.

The only thing that stands in my way is the medium of comics itself. What I'd want to do is hand drawn, but I still consider myself incapable of putting pencil on paper to produce a satisfying finished piece. That leaves me with the other option, sprites. To use them I'd have to use sprite kits, which I honestly have nothing against. The only issue is that I'm limited in what I can do with them, I can't really experiment with angles, poses, all that. It makes the whole thing look curiously static. Y'know, more static than a still image usually does. Then there's the issue of backgrounds, which I certainly wouldn't be capable of creating, so would have to scrounge them up from around the net.

But onto the subject of the plot, the idea is fairly simple. The protagonist wakes up in a world they don't recognise and explores it. Unlike most comics I've read, this one will be slower paced and, most importantly, quieter. Don't get me wrong though, I've nothing against light-hearted comic writers. If you can make something funny, you've got a skill and I don't look down on anyone for that. I'm just trying to mix things up, add a touch of grey to a vibrant, colourful pool.

So, I guess what I'm asking is, if I go ahead with this, would any of you read this? Would you be interested in reading such a potentially bleak comic? Also, if anyone out there has advice in regards to the artstyle and backgrounds dilemma, it would be greatly appreciated.


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Never Mind

Posted by The Dandy Automaton , Jun 15 2012 · 73 views

After requesting to take up a new subject and getting refused it looks like that wasn't an option after all. I guess all I've got is to do Film Studies and hope for the best.


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What, So My Choice Is "or Death"?

Posted by The Dandy Automaton , Jun 14 2012 · 98 views

Y'know, I'm glad I go to college for all the useful and exciting things I learn. Todays hard-earned fact has been how it turns out you can't beatbox Kevin MacLeod's The Cannery. Not that I can beatbox, but hey, I could always discover some hitherto unknown hidden talent for making crazed noises with my mouth in the style of a song involving some rather maniacal piano tunes.

So I consulted some of the lecturers around my college about a certain issue regarding my A2 subjects. I'm aware that taking both Film Studies and Business Studies has been a massive mistake in my life and one I've come to regret. Don't get me wrong, I love the former with a passion, but most universities, on the other hand, don't. That would mean I'm meant to carry Business Studies into A2 which I've realised I intensely dislike and have no motivation. So my choice is continue a subject I enjoy but won't be regarded as a real qualification, or take a subject I have no interest in and probably get a lacklustre grade in it, though with the benefit of it being considered by universities. However, after some discussion with my tutor I've found I might have a third option which is to drop both subjects and take up the AS and A2 level of a whole new subject at the same time. Naturally that comes with risks of its own, such as how much time that'll take up and all the extra pressure I'll suffer, but it's interesting to consider. The question stands though, what I'd take up. Maths? Law? History? Psychology? Sociology? All strong competitors and some strongly relevant to my interests.

Of course, what's disappointing about that idea is I'd have to give up Film Studies, even though I just found out my coursework was an essay and presentation on a particular subject of our choice. I was considering the star signification of Jack Black.


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Ddr

Posted by The Dandy Automaton , Jun 12 2012 · 76 views

Jim Carrey made it look so easy in Yes Man. Turns out you can't play it all that well by flailing your legs like a panicked deer. Still amazingly fun though.


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Gradually Closing The Gap Between Fanboy And Obsessive Nut

Posted by The Dandy Automaton , Jun 11 2012 · 105 views

Well, so, from previous entries you've probably gathered I've been spicing up my room a little with posters. Posters that still don't want to stay up. I think thumbtacks will be called upon soon. But now that my room has been decorated with images of the Avengers and Ezio Auditore Da Firenze, I felt what I needed was something a little more...arty. Something not a poster at all, but still appeals to something I hold close to my heart. And then during one bored search on eBay, I saw it. I realised what I needed and instantly knew that I had to have it. So I dished out the £14.99 necessary, and the canvas was on its way. I imagine most of you have already guessed what it is, I know I would have. So without further ado, I introduce you all to the latest feature on my wall.

So now I wonder how many other ways I can express my obsessive love for this game. Who wants to place bets on how long it'll be until I start cosplaying?

Ooh, and I updated the custom content block to the side to fit in a few other awesome things. Expect further updates.






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